verb (used without object)

to shift an automotive transmission or vehicle into a lower gear.
to become less active; slow down: The economy seems to be downshifting.

verb (used with object)

to shift (an automotive transmission or vehicle) into a lower gear.


an act or instance of downshifting.

Origin of downshift

First recorded in 1950–55; down1 + shift Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for downshifting



the practice of simplifying one's lifestyle and becoming less materialistic
Derived Formsdownshifter, noun
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